Earth Grown Vegan Non-Dairy Frozen Dessert (Almond Milk)

Last Updated on July 9, 2020


  • This dessert is almond milk-based. If you’re looking for information about Aldi’s coconut milk ice cream, click here. In the past, Aldi also sold an oat milk-based ice cream, and you can read about that here.
  • You can read our roundup of many of Aldi’s vegan Earth Grown products at this link.

Aldi keeps introducing new products in its Special Buy (ALDI Find) Earth Grown vegan line, including the Earth Grown Non-Dairy Frozen Dessert. This is ice cream that substitutes almond milk for cow’s milk. No one in my house eats a strictly vegan diet, and no one here is lactose intolerant, but we had to try this new product simply out of curiosity. We wondered how it compared to regular ice cream in terms of taste and texture. (Be aware that this is a limited-time ALDI Find product, and once it’s gone, we don’t know if or when it will return to Aldi.)

Earth Grown Non-Dairy Frozen Dessert

The Earth Grown Non-Dairy Frozen Dessert comes in a one-pint container (473 mL) and nets three 2/3-cup-sized servings per container. In other words, these are small, so don’t eat the entire container all at once unless you want to eat 600 calories in one sitting. But if you do, I won’t judge. This sold for $2.99 per container at the time of purchase, and it comes in three flavors: vanilla, chocolate, and mocha fudge. In my house, coffee = yuck, so I skipped the mocha fudge and bought just the vanilla and chocolate.

Be aware that whatever flavor you buy, it’s also going to have a noticeable coconut flavor and almond notes. That’s because almond milk is the main ingredient, and coconut oil is a key ingredient as well. Many vegan “ice creams” are actually made with coconut milk as a base, so Aldi’s version is a little different because almond milk is the primary ingredient rather than coconut milk. The coconut flavor is still very much there in these Earth Grown frozen desserts, though. I happen to like the taste of coconut, but people who don’t like coconut may not want this product.

Also, if real, whole food ingredients are a priority, and if you like ice cream that has only basic, easily identifiable ingredients like milk, cream, and sugar, then you may be disappointed by commercial vegan alternatives. The Earth Grown vanilla and chocolate flavors both contain carob bean gum and gellan gum, which are common thickeners added to a variety of foods. The mocha fudge flavor probably contains these as well. These gums are not automatically bad in small amounts, but it’s good to know what these ingredients are.

Earth Grown Vegan Vanilla Non-Dairy Frozen Dessert

Earth Grown Vegan Vanilla Non-Dairy Frozen Dessert

My kids liked the vanilla flavor the best. It is creamy, with a nice vanilla flavor with those coconut and almond notes I mentioned earlier. It has a texture that is almost indistinguishable from popular regular ice cream. It scooped nicely and had a smooth taste. It does not have those classic black vanilla bean specks like many quality ice creams often have.

Ingredients are: almond milk (water, almonds), cane sugar, organic tapioca syrup, organic virgin coconut oil, pea protein, natural vanilla flavor, carob bean gum, gellan gum, sunflower lecithin (emulsifier), and sea salt.

One serving nets you 200 calories, 7 grams of saturated fat, 105 mg of sodium, and 20 grams of sugar.

Earth Grown Vegan Chocolate Non-Dairy Frozen Dessert

Earth Grown Vegan Chocolate Non-Dairy Frozen Dessert

My husband and I thought the chocolate flavor was fine (we liked it as well as the vanilla), but one of my kids didn’t care for the chocolate. It’s just a matter of personal taste. Again, this is more like chocolate-coconut-almond ice cream rather than just chocolate. We found this flavor to be just as smooth and similar to regular ice cream as the vanilla flavor.

Ingredients are: almond milk (water, almonds), cane sugar, organic tapioca syrup, organic virgin cold pressed coconut oil, high fat cocoa powder processed with alkali, pea protein, natural flavor, carob bean gum, gellan gum, and sunflower lecithin (emulsifier).

One serving nets you 200 calories, 8 grams of saturated fat, 85 mg of sodium, and 20 grams of sugar.

There was one odd thing I noticed on the chocolate flavor’s nutrition panel. It claims to have 200 calories per serving and three servings per container, which would add up to 600 calories for the entire container if you do some simple math. However, the bold print on the back of the carton indicates the container has a total of 610 calories. Apparently you get additional penalty calories if you eat the entire container in one sitting. (I’m kidding: it’s because of the FDA’s rounding rules on nutrition labels.)

Earth Grown Vegan Chocolate Non-Dairy Frozen Dessert

Nutrition information, FDA math style. (Click to enlarge.)

The Verdict:

Aldi’s Special Buy (ALDI Find) Earth Grown Vegan Non-Dairy Frozen Dessert has such a similar taste and texture to regular ice cream that it seems nearly indistinguishable. This dessert comes in vanilla, chocolate, and mocha fudge flavors. The main ingredient is almond milk, and coconut oil is also a primary ingredient, so the dessert has a noticeable coconut flavor and almond notes. The ingredients in this vegan “ice cream” are more processed and include gellan gum and carob bean gum, but if you’re looking for a dairy-free frozen treat, this is smooth and creamy and worth a try.

About Rachael

Rachael is the Co-founder of Aldi Reviewer. When she isn't busy shopping at Aldi, she enjoys cooking, gardening, writing gothic romance, and collecting more houseplants than she probably should. You can learn more about her at


  1. I have had the chocolate and the vanilla. I found them both to be wonderful.

  2. I have a dairy allergy, but I’d certainly indulge in all 3 of the above mentioned flavors. All 3 are just wonderful and the price is reasonable, – not overpriced like many good and premium dairy based and non-dairy pint sized ice creams. Another ALDI winner which I hope will be regularly available at “our” ALDI, in Kingston NY.

  3. We recently had these at our local Aldi. The vanilla was pretty good, the chocolate was a bit iffy, but the mocha fudge was amazing.

  4. More and more people are now dairy intolerant and finding dairy free options is not often possible. I wish Aldi would get into these niche markets and give us food we can eat. This is not a fun thing to live with.

    • Hi Jane,
      I think human adults were always dairy intolerant but it took decades for us to realize what was causing all the intestinal problems, adult acne, and so on. Considering that Aldi is very small compared to larger grocery stores like Kroger, they do offer a lot of alternatives, but I agree and wish they’d offer non-dairy cheeses as well as having more coffee drinks that don’t contain milk. I have yet to see vegan cheese there, but I”m guessing they’re having a hard time finding a brand that is affordable since all the vegan cheeses are costly. They’ve offered almond milk and coconut milk for years, but more recently also have been offering organic versions.
      That said, their non-dairy ice-cream is really, really good.

  5. why no mention of carbs?
    i know that the focus is on vegan &
    seeing cane sugar one can tell it’ll be a high count…
    why put all those ingredients in & not use stevia or another sweetner….

    • I’ll see if I can get some photos of the nutrition info, including carbs, next time I’m at Aldi if they still have these frozen deserts.

    • There are 20 grams of sugar in each serving, so it must be loaded with carbs. Really wish they had used stevia to sweeten.

      • Oh please, no stevia! That stuff is nasty and can cause headaches and other health problems.

        It has become so difficult to find any protein drinks or powders that don’t contain the horrible ingredient. I would never buy any non-dairy frozen dessert that contains stevia, it’s components or other artificial sweeteners.

        I’d much rather eat natural sugar than disgusting substitutes that leave a terrible aftertaste for hours.

  6. Need more on stock always out

  7. It is always sold out and the manager says he takes what he is sent and can’t order more.

  8. seewonder ruffin

    I can’t stop eating this. I love the chocolate taste and silky smooth creamy texture. I am hooked!!!

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